The Chemical Evolution of the Galaxy / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume provides a thorough discussion of the evolution of elemental abundances in the Galaxy taking into account both spatial and temporal variations. For the first time, and in much greater detail, the observed chemical abundances are interpreted in terms of formation and evolution of the Galaxy. Observational constraints like the gas and star formation rate distribution are guiding this interpretation.
Readers will find this monograph to be a unique research tool for expert scientists, graduate students, and everyone else who wants to get a deeper understanding of the chemical evolution of the Milky Way and galaxies in general.

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"The development of the field (of galactic chemical evolution) in the past two decades is impressive, Matteucci herself having made significant contributions. As a planetary geochemist, I found her clear and precise treatment very useful... the book is an example of straightforward writing...it is easy to find one's way around."
(Stuart Ross Taylor, Dept. of Geology, Australian National University, Canberra in Nature 414:253 (2001)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402016523
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library Series , #253
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Observational Evidence for Chemical Evolution. 2. Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis. 3. The Stellar Birthrate. 4. Gas Flows. 5. Basic Equations of Chemical Evolution. 6. Formation and Evolution of the Milky Way. 7. Nucleochronology and the Age of the Galaxy. 8. The Milky Way and Other Spiral Galaxies.

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